Salsa Rhythms - Expert Advice; Safety

Written by Cado Productions

Safety -

Key points to remember: - Safety in dancing - Efficiency in foot placement - Mastering your floor space

Good dancers have a sense of awareness about themselves in relation to others onrepparttar dance floor. In developing this awareness applyrepparttar 116341 following whether you are in a dance lesson, practicing by yourself and especially at a dance club.

In Salsa any step back should be a small one, period. This applies torepparttar 116342 man as well asrepparttar 116343 woman. If your step back is large you will run into problems such as:

- Stepping on other dancers around and behind you - Getting stepped on by other dancers - Not being able to comfortably stay on time torepparttar 116344 music (both you and your partner)

Measure your step by placingrepparttar 116345 toe of your back step (the foot going back, right or left) lightly againstrepparttar 116346 inside heel of your opposite foot (keep your weight onrepparttar 116347 ball of your back foot andrepparttar 116348 heel offrepparttar 116349 floor) then step forward with your opposite foot (heel to flat).

Faux Painting

Written by Kathleen Wilson

Faux and Decorative Painting Sponge painting

Sponge painting is great because it is easy, fast, requires little paint and materials, and did I mention it was easy? It can be used on walls, furniture, and accessories, and can give instant facelift to dull objects.

Don’t let anyone convince you that you have to go buy an expensive sea sponge to do this. I’ve used plastic grocery bags, cloth diapers, even old clothing…(Ok, now it’s called ragging, same technique, more subtle look.) But you can use a plain old kitchen sponge, and here’srepparttar secret….tear away allrepparttar 116340 hard edges ofrepparttar 116341 sponge, even tear chunks fromrepparttar 116342 center to give it an irregular appearance.

Now choose your paint, and sponge! Remember to sponge sparingly at first, you can always add more later. Also, dabrepparttar 116343 paint off on your plate first, you only need a little paint onrepparttar 116344 sponge, or it will be too gloppy. Practice first on a paper bag, and remember to changerepparttar 116345 direction of your hand occasionally,repparttar 116346 idea is not to get a pattern going.

Try combining sponge painting with stenciling or decorative painting, tape off a border and use it just there, you can even sponge paint over glassware withrepparttar 116347 new glass paints available at your craft store.


There is a very simple technique to marbleizing that is popular inrepparttar 116348 home decorating world today, and you won’t believe how easy it is until you try it. Simply choose two to four colors of paint withinrepparttar 116349 same color scheme, one light, one medium, one dark.

Using a regular paintbrush, diprepparttar 116350 brush into allrepparttar 116351 colors. Now simply pouncerepparttar 116352 paintbrush overrepparttar 116353 surface to get a mottled effect. It might help to keep a picture of a piece of marble nearby to refer to. Userepparttar 116354 different colors to add shading, or tone down an area you think is too bright. When finished withrepparttar 116355 surface, take a small artists liner brush, dip it into eitherrepparttar 116356 lightest or darkest color you used, (thin with a little water, if necessary) and paint veins by draggingrepparttar 116357 brush overrepparttar 116358 surface, wiggling it as you go. Don’t go overboard onrepparttar 116359 veining. Remember also to bringrepparttar 116360 veins overrepparttar 116361 edges for a realistic finish. I think sealing it with a gloss clearcoat or polyurethane givesrepparttar 116362 most authentic look of polished marble.

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